ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — For decades, presidential candidates' chances in Iowa were wounded if not doomed unless they backed federal support for ethanol, a boon to the state's corn-growing economy. That rule of politics collapsed resoundingly in the 2012 campaign when five of the six top Republican candidates said it was time for such intervention in the private market to end.

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — For decades, presidential candidates' chances in Iowa were wounded if not doomed unless they backed federal support for ethanol, a boon to the state's corn-growing economy. That rule of politics collapsed resoundingly in the 2012 campaign when five of the six top Republican candidates said it was time for such intervention in the private market to end.

Donald Trump, birther: Will the Republican candidates for 2012 make Obama's birth certificate a primary issue?

Donald Trump, birther: Will the Republican candidates for 2012 make Obama's birth certificate a primary issue?

Donald Trump has now wasted three news cycles to proffer his theories about President Obama's birth certificate. Tim Pawlenty has issued a definitive s .

Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican Candidate for President. From <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2122770,00.html">"The Mind of Mitt,"</a> September 3, 2012 issue.

Best Portraits of 2012

Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican Candidate for President. From <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2122770,00.html">"The Mind of Mitt,"</a> September 3, 2012 issue.

When evaluating prospective Republican candidates for the 1964 presidential campaign, Kennedy welcomed the prospect of running against Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who ultimately received his party’s nomination, but he was concerned about the prospects of facing more moderate Michigan Governor George Romney, father of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. “The one fellow I don’t want to run against is Romney. That guy could be tough” he privately confided to a friend in 1963.

When evaluating prospective Republican candidates for the 1964 presidential campaign, Kennedy welcomed the prospect of running against Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who ultimately received his party’s nomination, but he was concerned about the prospects of facing more moderate Michigan Governor George Romney, father of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. “The one fellow I don’t want to run against is Romney. That guy could be tough” he privately confided to a friend in 1963.

Much can change between now and January, but unless other candidates change the dynamics of the race, Romney will slowly but surely move to lock up the nomination.

Not even close: Romney crushes the field

Much can change between now and January, but unless other candidates change the dynamics of the race, Romney will slowly but surely move to lock up the nomination.

TIME’s Best Portraits of 2012 - LightBox

Best Portraits of 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden embrace on stage after his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

22 Powerful Photos Of Love Of All Kinds From Around The World

U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden embrace on stage after his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Social Media Spam Is Slamming Republican Candidates [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social Media Spam Is Slamming Republican Candidates [INFOGRAPHIC]

Is social spam swaying votes? Stats from the Republican Primary show voter coercion in social web… it's estimated that of readers on major news networks experienced political spam during the GOP primaries.

Where does Terri Lynn Land stand on incest, personhood and rape? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/20/1300640/-Where-does-Terri-Lynn-Land-stand-on-incest-personhood-and-rape

Where does Terri Lynn Land stand on incest, personhood and rape? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/20/1300640/-Where-does-Terri-Lynn-Land-stand-on-incest-personhood-and-rape

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